Big changes could be on the way over how the state evaluates your child's school. State officials have drafted a plan that would evaluate schools based on several factors, including test scores, graduation rates, school attendance and progress for students learning English. The plan is in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act, a federal law passed in 2015 that replaced the 2002 No Child Left Behind law, which evaluated schools based on student test scores. Although test scores would still be a part of the new plan, schools wouldn't receive an overall grade. The new system would flag the lowest performing schools, which would then be required to develop improvement plans monitored by the state. Initial estimates show 300 to 400 schools would fit the lowest performing category and require extra support. Local school districts have some concerns about how to pay for that support. "That is one area of concern for us as well in that, are we going to have the resources in terms of staff support, as well as development and training that we're going to need to help that many more schools who are identified," said Scott Croonquist, executive director of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, which lobbies for school districts, including those in the northwest suburbs. Croonquist says that extra school support would likely require additional funding from the state legislature. The state's plan is in the middle of a 30-day public comment period and Croonquist advises anyone with a stake in public education to provide feedback. "Once this plan is submitted and approved, this is going be what is going to drive a lot of decisions for school districts and schools for many years to come," he said. "And so it is an important opportunity that parents and others should take advantage of." The state will submit its education plan to the U.S. Department of Education in September. If you'd like to review the plan and provide feedback, you can do so by visiting the MN Dept. of Education website. Delane Cleveland http://www.ccxmedia.org Learn about our mobile app - http://bit.ly/ccxmedia http://twitter.com/ccxsports http://twitter.com/ccxnews https://www.facebook.com/ccxmedia.org/ CCX Media is on Comcast xfinity and CenturyLink prism in the Northwest Suburbs of Minneapolis and includes the cities Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth and Robbinsdale.